JuCo Linebacker Eldridge Thompson Becomes 2nd South Carolina Commit Of The Day

first_imgWill Muschamp and his staff are having a very strong recruiting day. Earlier this afternoon, Shi Smith, a top in-state recruit, committed to the Gamecocks. He is now joined by JuCo linebacker Eldridge Thompson out of Coffeyville Community College.Eldridge is yet to tweet out his commitment, but he retweeted a GoGamecocks.com about the decision.eldridge thompsonWith the commitments in quick succession, head coach Will Muschamp was very quick on the Twitter confirmations.#SpursUp!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016#SpursUp!!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016 South Carolina now has 13 players committed in the 2017 class.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img

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12 years ago on this day: India edge past Pakistan in 1st-ever bowl out in T20 World Cup

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 17:30 IST ICC World T20 2007: India vs Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and put India in to bat at KingsmeadRobin Uthappa top scored to help India post 141 for nine in their 20 oversMisbah-ul-Haq kept the scoreboard ticking and kept alive Pakistan’s hopes of a victoryIndia and Pakistan clashes in world cricket are always high-octane. The two sides have played some memorable matches and one such tie was played out on September 14, 2007 at the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.Playing their first-ever T20 match against each other, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and put India in to bat at Kingsmead, Durban. It seemed a right decision as Pakistan bowlers struck in regular intervals to keep India’s scoring under control.Robin Uthappa top scored to help India post 141 for nine in their 20 overs, with Mohammad Asif finishing with 4/18 from his overs.India regrouped and left-arm pacer RP Singh removed Imran Nazir in the third over. However, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal showed some resistance but 31 balls later Ajit Agarkar removed Butt before Akmal and Younis Khan followed suit.Even though wickets kept falling at the other end, Misbah-ul-Haq kept the scoreboard ticking and kept alive Pakistan’s hopes of a victory.Twelve runs were required off the last over of the match. Yasir Arafat took a single to put Misbah back on strike. Misbah hit 4, 2, 4 off the next three deliveries to take Pakistan to 141/6 in 19.4 overs.One run was required and two balls remained. Pakistan were sensing victory, all eyes were on the two men who mattered the most at that particular moment. Sreesanth bowled a short ball outside off and Misbah missed it completely.1 ball, 1 run. Misbah played it towards cover where Yuvraj Singh was placed. He grabbed the ball and threw it to Sreesanth who quickly whipped the bails off to run out the Pakistani batsman. Misbah’s valiant 53 off 46 was not enough to take Pakistan through. Pakistan ended on 141/7 and the match was tied.advertisementAnd so the first bowl-out in T20 World Cup history was played out which would decide the winner of the contest.India named Virender Sehwag, Uthappa, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh while Pakistan chose Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Arafat, Shahid Afridi and Asif.Attempt 1Sehwag bowled and hit the stumps with his short run up.Arafat bowled a full toss only to miss the stumps.Score — India 1, Pakistan 0Attempt 2Harbhajan was next and like Sehwag, even he was on target.Gul cut down on his usual run up but that didn’t help Pakistan.Score — India 2, Pakistan 0Attempt 2Uthappa knocked the stumps over and acknowledged the crowd.Afridi was Pakistan’s last hope. But he bowled it down the leg side and India were overjoyed.India won the contest 3-0. However, both India and Pakistan progressed to the next stage.Also Read | We want to win every game wherever we play: Virat Kohli ahead of T20Is vs South AfricaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow World T20 2007Follow Ind vs Pak 12 years ago on this day: India edge past Pakistan in 1st-ever bowl out in T20 World CupIndia and Pakistan played out the first-ever bowl out in a T20 World Cup match on September 14, 2007, with the eventual champions coming out victorious.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Take A Seat: The Langhorne Stool

first_img 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites REVISIT is a brand that creates products that are inspired by stories and places.The initial inspiration behind the brand came from the National Parks and the importance behind preservation for future generations.Products created by REVISIT are not just stylish and well thought out – they represent curiosity, collaboration and nature. Take the Langhorne Stool for example – an item inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain – two men who formed important thoughts and ideas from a simple wooden perch.REVISIT has decided to honor this simple item of furniture as a way of celebrating the tradition of storytelling. The brand has collaborated with father / son craftsmen Robert and Tor Erickson of Erickson Woodworking – to design and manufacture what is now an iconic, collectable, folding stool. A place when you can sit, collect your thoughts, and share stories for generations.Months of research, design and thought went into this wooden seat – including the name Langhorne which was taken from Mark Twain’s middle name.Material plays a great importance. Each stool is made from high quality American Walnut – from the hardwood forests of Pennsylvania. Each seat is made in Nevada City, California. The seat is hand carved using techniques passed down from generation to generation. Each stool is hand numbered – deeming it a true collectable before standing tall in your living room.Finishing touches include 100 percent milled brass hardware, and a hand stained leather carrying strap made from American Bison leather.With each purchase, REVISIT will donate a 1/4 of the profits through their Quarter-Back model to help fund Ranger education programs.A perfect gift for furniture connoisseurs, big thinkers, dreamers – or that person who just needs to take a seat.The Langhorne Stool retails for 850.00 and is available now on the REVISIT site.last_img read more

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Grindrod Shipping Begins Trading on NASDAQ

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Grindrod Shipping Holdings, a Singapore-based provider of maritime transportation services in the drybulk and liquid-bulk sectors, began trading on NASDAQ on June 18. Grindrod Shipping holds the shipping business spun out of Grindrod Limited, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.Following the listing, Grindrod Shipping will be an independent, publicly traded company with separate public ownership. “Grindrod has been involved in various segments of the shipping and transport industry for more than 100 years. As a separate and independent entity, Grindrod Shipping will be able to pursue a growth strategy focusing only on the shipping business,” Martyn Wade, Chief Executive Officer of Grindrod Shipping, commented.“New York has been the destination of choice for the majority of global shipping companies and we are pleased to join the NASDAQ platform as we position the company for the next phase of its development,” Wade added.As informed, Grindrod Shipping will have a primary listing on Nasdaq under the ticker GRIN and a secondary listing on the JSE under the ticker GSH effective as of June 19, 2018.Grindrod Shipping owns and operates a fleet of owned, long-term chartered-in and joint-venture owned drybulk and liquid-bulk vessels. The drybulk business, which operates under the brand Island View Shipping (IVS) includes a fleet of 20 Handysize and 12 Supramax drybulk carriers. The liquid-bulk business, which operates under the brand Unicorn Shipping includes a fleet of 11 Medium Range (MR) product tankers and four small tankers.last_img read more

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Chinmayanand case Father claims evidences missing

first_imgShahjahanpur: The Chinmayanand case has taken yet another turn with the law students father now claiming that evidence has gone missing from the girls hostel room. “My daughter had safely kept the evidence against the accused in her hostel room which was later sealed on court orders. When the Special Investigation Team (SIT) opened the seal on Sept 9, some of the evidences were missing from the room,” he claimed on Thursday. The seal of the room was broken in the presence of the girl and her father. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The girl had earlier claimed that she had kept evidences of the case in ‘safe places’. “My daughter had recorded evidence against the accused in hidden cameras fitted in two spectacles. Both are missing. The room was sealed two days after we made a request in this regard. My daughter’s friend has also given evidences in a pen drive to the investigating officers,” he said. The officers in the SIT, meanwhile, refused to comment on the progress in the case or the allegations of the girl’s father’s. The Shahjahanpur police officials also refused to speak on the matter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Sources close to the girl have claimed that the video that is now viral on the social media, showing Chinmayanand, 73, in a state of undress and being massaged by a girl, was shot by the victim through the hidden camera fitted in her spectacles. “There are 12 such videos that will confirm the murky side of the saint-turned-politician. The police is apparently working overtime to save Chinmayanand who is a friend of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. “Yogi Adityanath had visited Mumukshu Ashram, run by Chinmayanand, in February last year. The police has visited the ashram and but has not even questioned the accused till now,” said a source who did not wish to be identified. The 23-year-old law student, who studied in the Swami Shukdevanand Post Graduate College that is run by Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur, has alleged that she was filmed, blackmailed and raped repeatedly by the accused BJP leader and former union minister. In her 12-page complaint, according to sources, the woman has said she first met Chinmayanand in June last year for admission in a law course in his college in Shahjahanpur. She had alleged that he took her phone number and arranged her admission. He allegedly called her and also offered her a job at the college library for a salary of Rs 5,000. She says she worked alongside her classes since her family was poor. Chinmayanand allegedly asked the woman to move into the hostel in October last year and later invited her to his ashram. The woman claims he showed her a video of her bathing in the hostel, threatened to make it viral and then raped her. The politician allegedly also filmed the rape and used it for blackmail. The woman alleges she was forced to give him massages and often, brought to him by his aides at gunpoint. The alleged assaults continued until in July this year when the victim decided to make videos as proof against Chinmayanand. In August, she posted a video on Facebook and ran away from the college. It was when she was missing that her father, citing her Facebook post, accused Chinmayanand of exploiting her and ‘many other girls’. The Uttar Pradesh Police, who had not filed his missing report, recorded the family’s complaint three days after the woman went missing, listing charges like kidnapping and intimidation against Chinmayanand. But no First Information Report (FIR), which is the first step for a police investigation, had been filed. The woman was tracked down a week later in Rajasthan. The Supreme Court, which had stepped in after lawyers flagged the case, asked the police to produce her and spoke to her in a closed hearing on September 30. Last week, the woman filed a rape complaint in Delhi because she stated that she did not have faith in the UP Police. On the orders of the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh government set up a SIT to investigate the case on September 3. Meanwhile, Chinmayanand has rejected the allegations and has alleged a political conspiracy to bring him down. His lawyer has claimed that the woman and her friends are out to discredit the politician and want to extort money from him. Another video showing four boys and the alleged victim discussing extortion has also gone viral on the social media. “The girl is creating new drama every day after her initial attempts failed. Her family claimed she had been kidnapped but she was found with a male friend in Rajasthan,” said Om Singh, Chinmayanand’s lawyer.last_img read more

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Ranveer Singh launches independent music label

first_imgMumbai: Actor Ranveer Singh, who earned plaudits for his rapping skills with “Gully Boy”, has come out with his independent music record label — IncInk. Ranveer has teamed up with filmmaker Navzar Eranee to launch the label. “We are first starting with launching some really raw, immensely talented, new rap and hip-hop artists who we believe will be the next superstars of the scene. Rap and hip-hop are the biggest thing happening in Indian music today,” Ranveer said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “We at IncInk want to bring out the real poets of our generation. IncInk literally means writing your own story and I’m inspired and thrilled to be starting this passion project that aims to affect social change. I hope that we can present some of the strongest, boldest voices of Indian youth to the world,” said the actor, who has become a global entrepreneur with his music venture. Ranveer also took to social media to share the news. He has collaborated with rappers Kaam Bhaari, Slow Cheeta and Spitfire for the music venture. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Calling the label as his “passion project”, the 33-year-old wrote: “My passion project. A manifestation of a certain vibe. IncInk is an independent record label formed by artistes for artistes to discover, nurture and promote exciting talents from across India. “Presenting Kaam Bhaari, Spitfire and Slow Cheeta from the different hoods of our country. Let’s show these boys some love.” Along with the post, he shared two photographs. In one of the photographs, Ranveer can be seen posing with the other rappers and in the second one, he introduced IncInk’s logo to his followers. “Inclusive. Independent. This is the soul of IncInk,” Ranveer wrote. His wife and actress Deepika Padukone is “proud” of him. “The sleepless nights…the hours of debate…to witness your dream become a reality. You have no idea how proud I am of the both of you. Sorry, I cannot be with you all today but know that I am with you’ll with all my heart and in spirit today and forever,” she said. Ranveer’s “Gully Boy” co-star Alia Bhatt also commented on the post, saying “Tutu, epic this is.” On the acting front, Ranveer will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s “’83”, which is based on India’s iconic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.last_img read more

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UN peacekeeping chief tells of major challenges ahead as missions expand

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, made the remarks in his regular report to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, a General Assembly body set up to review operations and recommend ways to reform peacekeeping missions. Mr. Guéhenno told the Committee that UN missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia have recently expanded, a mission in Côte d’Ivoire is about to begin and missions are proposed for Burundi, Haiti and Sudan. “Today we have some 48,000 troops deployed. Before the end of this year, we may be called upon to field 70,000 troops,” Mr. Guéhenno said, pointing out that several of the world’s biggest military forces are already engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said any new missions should have a clear and precise mandate so that “limited resources” can be allocated across the expanding number of missions. The head of peacekeeping said reforms in recent years meant the UN was better placed to rapidly provide essential equipment to the field, and making sure troops were appropriately supported with resources. But he also said that recruitment remains a problem, with particular trouble finding skilled civilian personnel to fill mission jobs. “We do not have enough to meet current demand, let alone reach the tentative projects of 2,000-plus additional staff we could easily need for forthcoming missions, without compromising our ability to deliver support at Headquarters.” Mr. Guéhenno said the UN’s ability to gather information and develop intelligence also needs to be enhanced to better protect peacekeeping staff from potential threats. “We are closely assessing how the security management system can be improved. I would urge Member States to give every consideration to bolstering the UN’s capacity in this fundamental area,” he said. read more

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Killing and rape of Bulgarian investigative reporter is an outrage UNESCO chief

“Attacks on journalists erode the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and its corollaries, press freedom and free access to information,” said Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s Director-General. “Moreover, the use of sexual and physical abuse to silence a woman journalist, is an outrage against the dignity and basic human rights of every woman”.Ms. Marinova, who was 30, presented a current affairs programme called “Detector”, broadcast by the local, privately-owned television network, TVN. According to news reports, it is not yet clear whether her death was directly related to her journalistic work, but national authorities are reportedly carrying out a murder investigation.Ms. Marinova is the third investigative journalist to be killed in the European Union in the past 12 months. Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bombing last October in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February.Ms. Azoulay urged the authorities to “conduct a thorough investigation into this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice”, noting that “this is essential to defend freedom of expression and freedom of information in Bulgaria and, not least important, to ensure women’s safety, dignity and freedom”.UNESCO is mandated with monitoring and advocating for the protection of a free press worldwide, including through a UN Plan of Action to protect journalists and end impunity. In 2017, the agency recorded a total of seven journalists killed in Europe, four of whom were women. This represents the highest number of female reporters killed in single year, since 2006.The percentage of women media professionals killed worldwide, rose from 4 per cent in 2012 to 14 per cent in 2017. read more

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Create conditions for harmony between humankind and nature UN chief says on

“We need to rescue the planet” he spelled out.  Mr. Guterres expressed his gratitude to both countries not only for their “climate action” but for their multilateral approach to climate change, which he said was “absolutely essential” to the success of the 2018 UN climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, last December.However, he noted that the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn was not a success, saying that the realities on the ground today are “even more difficult” because of “political failing in some areas of the world”. “We need a boost in political will” asserted the UN chief. “I very much count on the determination of both China and France, both with the Paris Agreement, both with climate action and with multilateralism, to allow for our capacity to overcome the present difficulties”.Looking aheadThe Secretary-General spoke about the upcoming Climate Action Summit, which he is hosting in New York this September, “to raise ambition, to make sure that we are able to commit clearly to implement the decision that was taken in Paris for $100 billion per year” to boost the developing world’s capacity for mitigation and adaptation.At the same time, he hopes that the resources can be used to reform and replenish the Green Climate Fund, a mechanism he described as “essential for the finance of climate action”. We need a boost in political will — UN chiefMr. Guterres informed the meeting that the UN Secretariat is “working very closely with the UNFCCC and IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], whose recent recent report he called  “a red alert”,  but also saw as  “a strong stimulus for action”. “We do believe that it’s necessary to limit the growth of temperature at the end of the century to 1.5 degrees”, which “requires carbon neutrality midcentury…[and] an enhanced effort with the nationally determined contributions that will be reviewed in 2020” said the UN chief.Acknowledging “the difficulties and the problems each country has”, he expressed his gratitude to both France and China for their determination, “to increase, ambition and to make sure that the political will of the international community, in a multilateral way, will match the enormous challenge that we are facing”. “I very much count on the determination of your two countries to make sure that the Summit is a success, that the review of the nationally determined contributions will be a success, and that others that are more reluctant, that are more problematic, in the end will feel that they are involved”, concluded the Secretary-General. At a Trilateral Meeting on climate change during the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, are from left to right: Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of France, Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 29 June 2019., by UN Japan/Ichiro Mae read more

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Amare Stoudemire Asked to Help Israels National Basketball Team

The president of Israel has summoned New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire to play for Israel’s national basketball team, because of the athlete’s roots in Judaism.Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to ask the player to help the national team. The six-time NBA All-Star has stated that he comes from a Hebrew background.Stoudemire has teamed up with Israelis before. Last month, he joined a group in a bid  to buy the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.In addition, Stoudemire is currently in Israel to coach the Canadian basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, a competition exclusive to Jewish athletes.

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Russia and Belarus want Mens EHF EURO 2022

 Loading … Russia and Belarus want to organize Men’s EHF EURO 2022! Decision made by two national Federations is supported by their Goverments and the final decision will be made at EHF Congress in Edinburgh in 2018.Minsk, Gomel and Brest would be Belarussian cities which would host the tournament with 24 teams from Men’s EHF EURO 2020.The final weekend would be played in Moscow – Russia.The only rivals in the race for hosting the first ever EURO men’s event in Eastern Europe, will be France, Spain and Belgium with their joint candidature. Where would you like to see Men’s EHF EURO 2022? RUS-BLR FRA-ESP-BELView Results ← Previous Story Brazil ready for France 2017 with European roster Next Story → Sigurdsson with 18 “Bad Boys” to France 2017

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Human remains found during Luas works outside Trinity this afternoon

first_img Source: Cliodhna Russell via TheJournal.ie Upon first visual inspection they appear to be human remains but a sensitive excavation will be carried out. It could be done by tomorrow or Friday.Luas works will continue outside of the cordoned area where the bones were unearthed.The authorities have been alerted about the discovery including the National History Museum and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Source: Cliodhna Russell via TheJournal.ie BONES WERE DISCOVERED by Luas cross-city construction workers outside Trinity College’s front gate this lunchtime.Director of Communications for Luas Cross City, Grainne Mackin,  told TheJournal.ie that workers have “uncovered what we believe to be historic remains”.She added that the remains may be medieval.The area has been cordoned off and a team of specialists have been called to the scene. Mackin said:center_img Source: Cliodhna Russell via TheJournal.ie Source: Cliodhna Russell via TheJournal.ielast_img read more

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Microsoft demos Mango Windows Phone 7 features at MIX 11

first_imgNow that “NoDo,” the first major update to Windows Phone 7, is slowly making its way to WP7 users everywhere, Microsoft has turned its attention to “Mango,” the next major feature update for the mobile platform. The company shared some new features planned for the next update at the MIX 11 conference in Las Vegas this week, including true multitasking, raw access to the camera and sensors for applications, and more.Microsoft took some time to claim that Windows Phone 7 has been a success, partially by the sheer number of developers participating in the WP7 Developer Program. Microsoft announced that the program has over 38,000 registered developers, 1.5 million downloads of the Developer Tools, and 13,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace.They rolled out a slideshow of some of the mobile OS’s upcoming features, including enhanced multitasking that will allow apps to play music, download and transfer files, and process in the background. They also promised to open up the operating system a bit more to app developers so they could leverage Live Tiles and push notifications.Microsoft also promised that app developers will get raw access to cameras and sensors when Mango hits, meaning users could set specific camera apps to have access to the camera button, for example. The update would also give augmented reality apps control over the device hardware and allow them to leverage the gyro and compass to determine location and overlay information on the screen.Additionally, Microsoft showed off updates to the WP7 Developer Tools, which will allow application builders to simulate GPS locations while developing their apps. This gives developers who rely on geo-location data for their apps the ability to test more thoroughly before they publish it. The developer tools were also updated with streamlined code for scrolling, touch input, memory usage, and image processing, so when developers add those features to their apps, they’ll perform better on the end user’s device.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

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Homme et primates vieillissent de la même façon

first_imgHomme et primates vieillissent de la même façonAlors qu’on pensait que le rythme de vie de l’espèce humaine était unique grâce à l’accès à la médecine moderne, la conclusion d’une étude vient de prouver que l’Homme vieillit comme les autres primates. La vie de l’être humain, caractérisée par sa longévité, n’est en rien spécifique à son espèce, et pour cause il n’est pas le seul animal à disposer de records de vieillesse. La longévité n’étant donc pas une caractéristique de l’espèce humaine, les chercheurs se sont intéressés au mode de vieillissement afin de mettre en évidence une éventuelle spécificité. Pour ce faire, Anne Bronikowski est ses collègues de l’Iowa State University à Ames ont comparé les stades de vie d’un homme aux données récoltées auprès de sept autres espèces de singes dans leur milieu naturel.   Un même mode de sénescenceLes résultats montrent que les espèces suivent le même mode de sénescence. De façon générale, le risque de mourir est relativement élevé dans l’enfance, il baisse au stade juvénile et remonte lors du vieillissement de l’individu. L’étude met ainsi en évidence la proximité des modèles de vieillissement entre l’Homme et d’autres primates, quand bien même la médecine actuelle traite chez l’humain des pathologies causant la mort des primates.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la foisAutre similitude : la différence de longévité entre mâle et femelle. En effet, chez de nombreuses espèces, le mâle vit moins longtemps que la femelle. Cependant, l’étude relève que cet écart est plus notable pour les espèces où la concurrence entre mâles est plus rude. Ainsi, le risque de mortalité chez les mâles serait plus important dans des situations de stress ou de combats pour une partenaire.  Par ces résultats, l’étude tient à mettre en évidence que le mode de sénescence de l’être humain n’est pas un critère à prendre en compte pour différencier l’espèce des autres primates. Le 20 mars 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Senate panel hears bill aimed at easing birth control access

first_imgSen. Berta Gardner addresses the Alaska Senate on April 7, 2014 . (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Representatives from Planned Parenthood, a union of current and former sex workers, small business owners and others testified on a bill that would require insurance companies to pay claims for women to get up to one year’s worth of contraception at a time.The bill’s sponsor, Anchorage Senator Berta Gardner, told a state Senate committee Wednesday that she wanted to make it more convenient for women to get contraceptives, particularly in rural areas. She says it could help reduce unintended pregnancies.The bill exempts religious employer in certain situations.Dennis DeWitt, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says his organization opposes the bill because it could increase the cost of providing insurance coverage for small employers.last_img read more

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Alibaba Earnings Growth Slows as Entertainment Losses Deepen

first_imgSimilarly, vice chairman Joe Tsai said there were no separate performance indicators for digital entertainment. “Good content increases value in other sectors,” he said instead.Management ducked an analyst question about the impact of the Fan Bingbing scandal on the entertainment sector.During the last quarter, Alibaba proposed increasing its stake in separately traded Alibaba Pictures Group. The measure, which has not yet been completed, will return Alibaba’s holding to a majority position, with 51%.Alibaba shares, traded in ADR form in New York, closed at $156.88 on Tuesday. In pre-opening trade on Wednesday, they indicated an opening around $161. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Stock watchers had taken their cue from comments earlier this month by Alibaba President Michael Evans about the slowing Chinese economy. They also noted that Alibaba’s Singles Day shopping event in November (China’s equivalent of Black Friday) saw business grow by only 27%.Traders looked for signs of success in Alibaba’s international expansion – previously, it earned 93% of its revenues within China – and with its diversification into new business areas beyond e-commerce. Cloud computing may have offered some solace, but entertainment and media offered little.Data for the company’s digital media and entertainment segment show revenue rising 20% to  RMB6.49 billion in the latest quarter, compared to RMB5.41 billion during the same period the year before. But net losses also grew to RMB6.03 billion, compared to RMB2.21 billion the previous year, according to adjusted earnings before interest, taxation and amortization (EBITA). At current exchange rates, that’s an $893 million loss on revenues of $961 million.In a regulatory filing, Alibaba said that entertainment revenue growth came largely “from mobile value-added services provided by UCWeb, such as mobile search and game publishing, and an increase in subscription revenue from (streaming video platform) Youku.” The number of daily users of Youku, which has free and subscription tiers, increased by 64% year on year.The filing blamed the higher entertainment costs on investment in original content and on $407 million (RMB2.8 billion) in “impairment charges on licensed copyrights” following an evaluation of programming that did not generate expected returns.On a conference call with analysts, finance director Maggie Wu said that the digital media management team had been changed. Its strategy is now to seek greater synergy with the rest of the group.Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s CEO, also addressed the entertainment losses. After the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays, “we will stress greater group synergies,” Zhang said. “We aim to provide a wide range of services to our consumers. We regard (digital entertainment) as very important for the prosperity of our ecosystem.” Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday unveiled revenue of $17 billion in the last three months of 2018, with net profits of $4.5 billion, up 33% from the same period the year before. But growth was dragged down by the company’s worsening performance in the entertainment sector, with losses of over $890 million, including a more than $400 million write-off of dud entertainment projects.Ahead of Wednesday’s earnings call, investment analysts were focused on Alibaba’s revenue, which had enjoyed 10 consecutive quarters of more than 50% growth. But traders sought to tamp down expectations for the company’s third quarter, with a Yahoo Finance poll of analysts finding expectations of $17.7 billion in revenue, or 38% growth, and earnings of $1.68 per share.The company fell slightly short of the revenue figure, with $17 billion, but beat the earnings expectation, reporting non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.77.last_img read more

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Dark Knight and Avengers Top Survey of Movies to Watch in 4K

first_img There’s nothing like watching an action-packed movie with eye-popping visual effects at home on a 4K Ultra HD TV. And the movie fans most want to see in this ultra high-resolution format? Survey says: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.FandangoNow recently conducted a survey of more than 1,500 film fans with 4K Ultra HD TVs asking which streaming movies they would say require 4K viewings. The Dark Knight, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, and another Nolan film, Dunkirk, topped the list. Another Nolan movie, Interstellar, also made the list at no. 10 (scroll down to see the Top 25 movies).Nolan is receiving the inaugural Vanguard Award on Tuesday at the 4K Ultra HD Summit in Los Angeles.Christopher Nolan on the set of ‘Dark Knight Rises’. (Photo Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage)“Our 4K survey reveals that fans are still excited about experiencing The Dark Knight at home in the highest resolution and with the best sound available 10 years after the film’s release,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Watching a movie in 4K just enhances the entire viewing experience exponentially, and it’s no wonder that audiences are navigating toward the films of Christopher Nolan, because he is one of the top filmmakers to fully embrace the technology in every way.”The Top 25 4K films in the FandangoNow survey are:The Dark KnightAvengers: Infinity WarThor: RagnarokDunkirkThe AvengersThe Dark Knight RisesBlack PantherMission: Impossible – FalloutStar Wars: The Last JediInterstellarMad Max: Fury RoadInceptionGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemSaving Private RyanWonder WomanJurassic World2001: A Space OdysseyDeadpool 2Incredibles 2The MatrixSpider-Man: HomecomngThe MartianSolo: A Star Wars StoryReady Player OneAlmost all of the movies on the list are already available on 4K on FandangoNow and other services that support 4K video like iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.What movie would you want to see in 4K?More on Geek.com:‘Good Guys’ in Superhero Movies Are More Violent Than Villains, Study Finds11 Superhero Movies Still Stuck in Development HellNASA Releases First 8K Video from Space (And It’s Really Cool) Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Fallout 4 mod brings changing seasons to the Wasteland

first_imgFallout 4 has a day/night cycle and the occasional rain shower or radiation storm. Other than that, the world is pretty static for the most part. This new mod was created by GameDuchess and it adds some diversity to the landscape by introducing seasons into the game.Winter brings snow (as is to be expected), but it’s the other seasons which are more visually interesting. autumn, spring, and summer cover the land in lush foliage. Plants are brighter and greener during the spring, and become muted during summer and autumn.While this mod is very impressive, it may seem a bit odd considering that the world of Fallout got to its current state after being bombarded by nuclear bombs. However, GameDuchess was actually inspired by Hiroshima and Nagasaki: two cities that were hit with nuclear bombs in the real world. “Those places are extremely green and growing,” GameDuchess said, “with nature and animals there as much if not more than they were before the atomic bombs went off. And it’s been far less than 200 years.”While that’s true, it doesn’t exactly explain how these plants survive when radiation storms hit. When this happens in-game, the player character takes radiation damage due to all the radiation in the air. One would think these storms, which happen pretty frequently, would kill any budding plant life. I might be getting a bit nerdy here, but this is Geek.com, after all.This mod is actually a combination of a few mods. As things stand, the seasons do not cycle automatically depending on the in-game date and must be switched manually. GameDuchess hopes to change this when the Fallout 4 Creation Kit is released.If you want to check out the mod for yourself, make sure to head on over to NexusMods.last_img read more

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Study of grinding stones suggests adaption to ice age may have led

first_img The team studied three grinding stones found in the Yellow River region and have dated back their use to a time somewhere between 23,000 and 19,500 years ago. This coincides with the peak of the last major ice-age (glacial maximum) and suggests early hunter-gatherers had begun to rely more on gathering (and processing to some extent) as hunting became a less reliable food source. But because prior research by other groups has found that agriculture didn’t get going in China until approximately 11,000 years ago, that means that it took approximately 12,000 years to move from eating local foods, to growing them on purpose in specified ways.In studying the grinding stones, the researchers found residue from the plants that were ground with them—they included grains such as millet as well as beans, yams and other roots. Other research has also found evidence to indicate that there was a short period of warmth in the region approximately 23,000 years ago, which would have provided an opportunity for people to begin exploiting such plants in earnest. That in turn appears to have led to developing methods to make such food more palatable by grinding them and perhaps mixing them together with other ingredients. This switchover, due to adjusting to the ice-age, the team theorizes, could mark the turning point that eventually led to the development of agricultural practices as a means of giving people more control over the way their food was obtained. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Europe’s first farmers replaced their Stone Age hunter-gatherer forerunners (Phys.org) —A researcher from Stanford’s Archaeology Center, working with colleagues in China has found evidence to support the notion that early hunter-gatherers in China turned to processing plant foods in order to survive the last ice-age and in so doing may have started down the path that would eventually lead to farming. The team, led by Li Liu studied grinding stones dated back to between 23,000 and 19,500 years ago, and have found that their use suggests that those that used them were doing so to supplement dwindling food supplies found via hunting. The group has published a paper detailing their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.center_img More information: Paleolithic human exploitation of plant foods during the last glacial maximum in North China, PNAS, Published online before print March 18, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217864110 AbstractThree grinding stones from Shizitan Locality 14 (ca. 23,000–19,500 calendar years before present) in the middle Yellow River region were subjected to usewear and residue analyses to investigate human adaptation during the last glacial maximum (LGM) period, when resources were generally scarce and plant foods may have become increasingly important in the human diet. The results show that these tools were used to process various plants, including Triticeae and Paniceae grasses, Vigna beans, Dioscorea opposita yam, and Trichosanthes kirilowii snakegourd roots. Tubers were important food resources for Paleolithic hunter–gatherers, and Paniceae grasses were exploited about 12,000 y before their domestication. The long tradition of intensive exploitation of certain types of flora helped Paleolithic people understand the properties of these plants, including their medicinal uses, and eventually led to the plants’ domestication. This study sheds light on the deep history of the broad spectrum subsistence strategy characteristic of late Pleistocene north China before the origins of agriculture in this region. Citation: Study of grinding stones suggests adaption to ice age may have led to birth of agriculture in China (2013, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-stones-ice-age-birth-agriculture.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Credit: Wikipedia.last_img read more

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